Vedauwoo Picnic Sites

Area Status: Open

This is a great place to stop just minutes off of I-80. Picnic tables, vault toilets, and trash services are available. Vedauwoo rock climbing is within a few steps of the picnic ground. There are two different picnic areas located in the area, Box Canyon and Beaver Ponds. It is located in the Pole Mountain area and is managed by the Laramie Ranger District.

One area is called Box Canyon, located at the base of Turtle Rock. It is located in the middle of the recreation area next to the Vedauwoo Gazebo. There is a medium sized paved parking lot, with a paved path to the picnic areas. The picnic areas are spread out along this paved path in the middle of rock formations. Offers access to both the East and West Turtle Rock trailheads. 

The second picnic area is called Beaver Ponds, and it is located on the eastern edge of the Vedauwoo recreation area. Go past the tent only campground. Near the East Turtle Rock Trailhead. Many day use sites spread out along the road. 


At a Glance

Current Conditions: 5/23/22 - Open for season
Operational Hours: Open seasonally, weather dependent
Reservations: No reservations, first come first served
Area Amenities: Picnic tables,Toilets
Fees: $5/vehicle/day
Open Season: mid-May - mid-November
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Laramie, WY; Cheyenne, WY
Water: No Potable Water Available
Restroom: Vault Toilet (5)
Information Center: Laramie Ranger District
2468 Jackson St
Laramie, WY 82070

General Information


From Laramie, WY take Interstate 80 east 15.8 miles to Vedauwoo Road/ exit 329. Exit and go to stop sign; turn left onto Vedauwoo Rd. and go 1.2 miles. Turn left at sign and go 0.6 miles, veering right to enter picnic area.

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